Tiger Woods has provided the biggest indication yet that he will be a playing captain at December’s Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.
In a blog post published on the Presidents Cup website on Tuesday. Woods indicated his desire to qualify for the U.S. Team outright in order to avoid the ‘tricky’ decision of using one of his four picks on himself.
The 2019 Masters champion then signed off by writing ‘Tiger Woods, U.S. Team
Captain Playing Captain’.
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“With the victory, I’ve jumped into ninth place on the latest U.S. Team standings for the Presidents Cup,” writes Woods.
“While I’ve already got an important role as team captain, I have made it very clear that I also want to be a playing captain when we face the International Team led by Ernie Els.
“Qualifying automatically as one of the top-eight players would prevent me from being put in a tricky spot when my captain’s assistants and I sit down to decide on our four picks.”
The 43-year-old also touches on the strategic announcement of captains' assistants Fred Couples, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson, which he made earlier this year.
"With Freddie and Stricks on board just in case I make the team and have to play, it's going to make things a lot easier for me," writes Woods.
"These guys have led our teams to victories before with Freddie winning at Royal Melbourne in 2011."
The 2019 Presidents Cup returns to Royal Melbourne for the third time from December 9-15.
Tickets are available at www.presidentscup.com.